Philip Monahan Lecture

This forms the text of a lecture I was invited to give in UCC in 2007. The Philip Monahan Lecture – University College Cork. 12 March 2007 The Big Issues by Senator David Norris I am very honoured indeed to have been invited to deliver the Philip Monahan lecture, even…

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Article on Finance

3rd  March 2009 The financial calamity which surrounds us is not a natural catastrophe – it’s not a Tsunami, Earthquake or Volcano. It is man made and as such should be susceptible of a human solution. More than that it was all too predictable and there were even a few…

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Village Magazine Article

20 October 2009 Politics can be such a wonderful hybrid, at once deeply serious and yet simultaneously hilarious. I have never cared for the word “gobsmacked” but that’s the only word in the English language to describe the expression on the face of the Fine Gael leader in the Seanad…

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The Mary Redmond Foundation Lecture

A Matter of Life and Death by Senator David Norris 8 February 2010 Ladies and Gentlemen I would like to say what an honour it is for me to have been asked to deliver the annual Mary Redmond Foundation Lecture here at the St. Francis Hospice in Raheny. It was…

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Proposed Transfer of Abbey Theatre to GPO

ADDRESS BY SENATOR DAVID NORRIS AT THE SERVICE TO MARK INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AT 3.30 P.M. IN CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL ON SUNDAY THE 17TH OF MAY2009. My Dear Friends, although I was enrolled as a Life Friend of Christ Church Cathedral back in the early 1950s under the regime…

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Phoenix Article – Affairs of the Nation

RAISE A toast to developer Shane Murphy, who’s finally got permission to redevelop the Dorset Street home that was not Brinsley Sheridan’s, the 18th century playwright and politican. Back in 2007 a row emerged when the remains of the house, listed on the belief it was the home of Brinsley…

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Rón – The Irish Seal Sanctuary Newsletter

9 October 2008 What a pity the human race seems intent on destroying the world around us. We share the planet with animal, bird, insect and plant species. I sometimes shudder to imagine what would happen if alien species more sophisticated than the human race landed from outer space and…

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Save The Treasures Of The Long Room

Background: The vaulted ceiling, serried shelves of handbound volumes and the evocative aroma of leather in the Long Room go to make up one of the iconic experiences of Trinity College life. Most graduates will have visited the Old Library building with family and guests, along with the many thousands…

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Visit to Norway – 2006

Background: In April of this year I heard the Norwegian Foreign Minister making an appeal on the BBC for concerned politicians to visit the Arctic regions in order to witness the impact of global warming on the ice sheet. I took up this opportunity and have just returned from a…

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Donation to the National Library of papers

  About 18 months ago I was approached by the Keeper of Manuscripts in the National Library Dr. Gerry Lyne with a proposal that they should buy “my papers” i.e. the records of my political and cultural life. I was very flattered and indicated that rather than selling them I…

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